B. League needs more marquee players

Basketball / B. League | HOOP SCOOP Nov 12, 2016

B. League needs more marquee players

by Ed Odeven

The B. League is doing a commendable job marketing and promoting itself in its inaugural season. Social media feeds and magazine reports are ever-present aspects of the publicity machine in the early stages of the 2016-17 campaign. What's more, TV highlights and game coverage via ...

Swift's comeback bid continues with tryout

Basketball Oct 20, 2016

Swift's comeback bid continues with tryout

by Ed Odeven

Robert Swift's attempt to revive his pro basketball career continues. More than five-and-a-half years after playing his final professional game for the Tokyo Apache, the veteran center is vying to make a comeback in the NBA Development League. On Sunday, Swift participated in a workout, including ...

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Basketball Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

by Ed Odeven

Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited a ...

Memories all that remain of bj-league

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Jul 2, 2016

Memories all that remain of bj-league

by Ed Odeven

First in a two-part series Six weeks after the bj-league's final game, it's now a good time to dust the cobwebs off the memory bank . . . Hoop Scoop chronicled the highlights and lowlights of the final 10 seasons of the bj-league's wild 11-year run, ...

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

by Ed Odeven

Second in a three-part series For the team's inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe's father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. The elder Bryant, who starred at ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

by Ed Odeven

It's absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit's 10th and final All-Star Game. But it's not surprising. Really, it isn't. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it's often failed to capitalize ...